Friday, July 28, 2017

Pertemuan Bersama Menteri Kewangan Qatar di Parlimen

27 JULAI - Pertemuan dengan Menteri Kewangan Qatar HE Ali Shareef & YB DS Mustapa di Bangunan Parlimen.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Seminar Usahawan E-Dagang Anjuran Konsortium Niaga Global Sahabat Intelek di PWTC

23 JULAI - Hadir merasmikan Seminar Usahawan E-Dagang yang dianjurkan oleh Konsortium Niaga Sahabat Intelek di Aras 4, Bangunan Dato Onn, PWTC. Seramai 200 usahawan PKS hadir seminar sehari tersebut. Tahniah!

Perasmian Mesyuarat Perwakilan Wanita UMNO Bahagian Kuala Pilah

23 JULAI - Hadir merasmikan Mesyuarat Perwakilan Wanita UMNO Bahagian Kuala Pilah, Negeri Sembilan.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Whats Next For UK & Malaysia Forum

20 JULAI - Bersama Duta United Kingdom ke Malaysia, H.E. Vicki Treadell dalam program hubungan Perdagangan & Antarabangsa bertajuk "What's Next For The UK & Malaysia" di Matrade KL dan hadir rumah terbuka Matrade bersama Pengerusi, YB Datuk Noraini Ahmad & rumah terbuka 3 bhg di MITI tengahari ini

Monday, July 17, 2017

Majlis Rumah Terbuka Aidilfitri UMNO Malaysia di PWTC

16 JULAI - Puluhan ribu rakyat pelbagai kaum hadir. Org lama & generasi muda. Bertali arus tanpa henti. #UMNO terus mara utk rakyat #NegaraKuMalaysia. Siapa kata #UMNO tak popular? Saya hadir 3 jam saksikan sendiri meriahnya sambutan #Aidilfitri di Dwn Tun Razak 1 PWTC. Syukur Alhamdulillah.

Majlis Rumah Terbuka Aidilfitri Malaysia di Sembrong

16 JULAI - Sambutan #Aidilfitri #Malaysia di #Sembrong mlm ini dihadiri PM, TPM, DS Hisham,MB Johor & ribuan rakyat. Negara kita aman & diurus dgn baik.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017




1) First of all, before I begin, I would like to express my heartfelt congratulations to the Government of Kazakhstan and the esteemed organising committee of Astana Expo 2017, for successfully realising their vision to host the first Specialised World Expo in Central Asia. To that, I say, well done! 

2) I had the opportunity to do a walkabout of the expo site and I visited a few countries’ pavilions, including Kazakhstan. I find them to be very remarkable and impressive. Largely, the ambience here is captivating, entwining a mixture of national identity, traditional values, futuristic concepts, visionary thinking and inspiring ideas. Hats off to the Government of Kazakhstan and those involved in the organization of this event. 

3) It is now Week 5 at Astana Expo 2017, and I am honoured to be joining you in inspiring actions and conversations about creating green growth in the emerging world – as well as business and investment potentials with Malaysia. 

4) The year 2017 is an important milestone that is momentous for Malaysia’s bilateral relations with Kazakhstan. In fact, it marks the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries. Malaysia and Kazakhstan have established and nurtured warm relations, encompassing various aspects. There have been many high level visits between the two countries and people-to-people interactions have been vigorous, predominantly through tourism and education. 

5) My Ministry, namely the Ministry of International Trade & Industry (MITI) Malaysia, undertakes a key role in promoting bilateral trade and investment between our two countries. Specifically, we see Kazakhstan as an important country, full of possibilities and prospects that are complementary to the two nation-states. 

6) Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE), an agency under my Ministry, has an office in Almaty to oversee the growth of bilateral trades between Malaysia and Kazakhstan. Accordingly, it is expected for us to support every effort to boost and cultivate our economic links. This includes platforms such as this Business Forum that will bring about mutual benefits for both countries. 

7) Notwithstanding the uncertain global economic situation, I am happy to note that Malaysia’s economic links with Kazakhstan are expanding at a steady and sturdy pace. Presently, Kazakhstan is in fact, Malaysia’s fourth largest trading partner amongst the Commonwealth of Independent States. 

8) In 2016, Malaysia's total trade volume with Kazakhstan has grown by 36.1 percent to reach US$49.22 million compared with US$57.84 million from the previous year. Our total exports to Kazakhstan amounted to US$43.78 million. This is a 30.48 percent rise compared with US$38.81 million for the corresponding period in 2015. Malaysia's imports from Kazakhstan in 2016 expanded by 109 percent from 2015. 

9) Currently, Malaysia is host to over 8,000 companies which include multinational corporations from more than 40 countries. These companies have made Malaysia their offshore location for manufacturing and services operations. I hope that Malaysia, too, will turn out to be an important investment destination for Kazakh investors. 

10) The Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA), another agency under my Ministry, is the first point of contact for investors on the lookout to invest in Malaysia. 

11) As of 31 December 2016, a total of 20,610 industrial projects were implemented with total investment of US$208.6 billion. Out of this, 54.5 per cent or US$113.8 billion was from foreign investment. 

12) In 2016, Malaysia approved a total of US$6.1 billion foreign Investment in the manufacturing sector, an increase of 19.3 per cent compared with 2015. 

13) This is an indication that foreign businessmen continue to show confidence in investing in Malaysia.

14) The Malaysian Government had continued to introduce more pro-business policies. These include measures to enhance logistics and business connectivity as well as reducing barriers to facilitate the ease of doing business. As a result, Malaysia is now well-known as one of the wellconnected economies. We are well positioned to become the regional or global operations base for multinational companies (MNCs). 

15) The Government has also introduced the new Principal Hub scheme to incentivise companies that use Malaysia as a base in conducting its regional and global businesses and operations, to manage, control and support its key functions including management of risks, decision making, strategic business activities, trading, finance, management and human resource. 

16) More MNCs have adopted the Malaysia's Principal Hub model, which allows faster decision making and supports the evolving trends in the supply chain. Conglomerates and MNCs have greater flexibility in serving their network companies to cater for the Asia Pacific region and global markets. Ladies and Gentlemen, 

17) Besides regional establishment, in 2016, support services projects, with tax incentives being approved, rise by 156.3 per cent to USD 2.09 billion. The significant increase was due to the many large investments that were approved for green technology activities and integrated logistics services (ILS). 

18) We are mindful that the services sector has helped in enhancing the efficiency of the other sectors in the country. Global establishments and end-to-end supply chain management services, for example, are fast becoming key components in the nation's economy. These services will boost trade efficiency and the competitive advantage for Malaysian industries. 

19) The advantages of doing business in Malaysia are bountiful. The ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) which was established in 2015 has created a single market and production base in the region. When fully implemented, the AEC will lead to a strongly integrated regional economy that will facilitate a seamless cross-border trading and investment regime amongst ASEAN's ten Member States. 

20) It is a market with massive potentials. ASEAN's population numbers at 625 million people. We are looking at the rising middle class with increasing volume of disposable income and a region averaging annual economic growth of five percent. ASEAN's annual GDP is currently estimated at more than US$2.5 trillion, making us the seventh largest economy in the world; and third largest. With the AEC, this is expected to almost double, to US$4.7 trillion by 2020. 

21) Together with the AEC, the network of ASEAN Free Trade Agreements (AFTA) with dialogue partners such as China, India, Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand also serves as an added incentive for investors with keen eyes on Malaysia. 

22) ASEAN is currently in negotiations with these dialogue partners to conclude the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (RCEP). RCEP comprises nations whose population exceeds 3 billion, collectively, combined economy totaling US$17 trillion and share of world trade estimated at 40 percent. 

23) As one of the largest economies among the ASEAN member countries, Malaysia offers many strategic value propositions to investors. These include Malaysia’s strategic geographical location, our pragmatic, prudent and business-friendly policies and our well-developed infrastructure and connectivity. 

24) For that reason, instead of competing with other ASEAN member countries, Malaysia has adopted a complementary method in attracting investments into the region. 

25) Clearly, the potential for enhancing business linkages and cooperation in the region is massive. And I would strongly urge Kazakh investors eyeing the ASEAN market to consider Malaysia as their Gateway to the ASEAN market. 

26) My colleague, the Deputy Minister of Energy and Green Technology and Water (KeTTHA), Honourable Senator S.K. Devamany, just a moment ago, has briefly highlighted Malaysia’s ambition to become an inclusive and sustainable advanced nation by 2020 and our efforts in realising this national target. 

27) The Malaysian Government is deeply aware of the importance in keeping the balance the between the needs for economic growth and the accompanying environmental pressures. Green technology has been identified as a driver of the future economy for the nation that would contribute to overall Green Growth and Sustainable Development. 

28) Tax incentives for Green Technology in the form of Green Investment Tax Allowance with partial or full exemption from the Corporate Tax for the purchase of green technology assets and Income Tax Exemption on the use of green technology services and system were introduced to further reinforce the development of green technology. 

29) Projects which qualify for this incentive include renewable energy; energy efficiency; integrated waste management and green building / green data centre. In addition, eligible services activities include system integration of renewable energy; energy services; services related to green building / green data centre; green certification of products, equipment and building; and Green Township. 

30) I would like to take this opportunity to invite Kazakh companies and participants of Astana Expo 2017 to invest in these areas in Malaysia either on their own or in collaboration with Malaysian companies. 

31) In 2016, the Malaysian Industrial Development Authority (MIDA) Malaysia, has approved a total investment of USD579 million (146 projects) as compared to USD 419 million (160 projects) in 2015 in Green Technology sectors. This demonstrates significant growth in Green Technology development with the Government's initiative through ongoing policy and promotion. 

32) I earlier touched on Malaysia's attractiveness and appeal as an investment destination. Nonetheless, don't just take my word for it. The rankings given by more than a few influential international organizations confirmed it. These include: 

a. The recent World Competitiveness Yearbook compiled by the Swiss-based Institute for Management Development placed Malaysia at 19th position among 60 countries; 
b. Malaysia was ranked 23rd in terms of ease of doing business in the World Bank Doing Business Report 2016;  
c. Malaysia was also awarded The Most Attractive Manufacturing Market of Choice for Future Relocation according to the US based Cushman & Wakefield Manufacturing Risk Index 2017. Its Established Index ranks the 30 largest countries by manufacturing output while the Pioneering Index ranks the top 10 manufacturing locations by growth;  
d. Third placement ranking in the World Bank’s Doing Business 2017 in terms of investor protection index; and 
e. Eighth in ranking for Top Prospective Host Economy among developing economies for the period 2015-2017 by UNCTAD. 

33) Malaysia’s commendable performance in these rankings is independent affirmation of the Government's efforts in driving Malaysia towards a high-income economy by 2020. I welcome more members from Kazakhstan business community to join us on this journey and share in our growing prosperity. 

34) In concluding, let me highlight this again, Malaysia stands ready to expand our relations with Kazakhstan and other countries – be it in people-to-people connectivity or in trade and investment. I hope your participation in this Business Forum will confirm for you Malaysia’s offerings as a place to do business and a place perfect for leisure travel. 

35) On that note, I thank you for your presence in making this Business Forum very meaningful. I hope the discussions and presentations today will materialise in mutual and fruitful business partnerships. 

Thank you.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Kazakhstan : Ekspo Astana 2017 - Future Energy

10 JULAI - Hadir di #Expo2017Astana di Kazakhstan yg libatkan 115 negara dan 22 organisasi dengan tema "Future Energy" sumber-sumber tenaga untuk masa hadapan dunia. Malaysia meraih peluang pelaburan dan perdagangan bernilai US$1.84 bilion pada Ekspo Astana 2017 yang diadakan sejak 10 Jun lepas hingga hari ini.

Selain saya turut serta adalah Timbalan Menteri Pelancongan YB Datuk Mas Ermieyati Samsudin dan Pemangku Timbalan Menteri Tenaga,Teknologi Hijau dan Air Datuk Seri S.K Devamany.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Kerajaan Sasar E-Dagang Sumbang RM211 bilion Kepada KDNK

KUALA LUMPUR: Kerajaan mensasarkan sektor e-dagang menyumbang RM211 bilion kepada Keluaran Dalam Negara Kasar (KDNK) menjelang 2020.

Timbalan Menteri Perdagangan Antarabangsa dan Industri Datuk Ahmad Maslan berkata Pelan Hala Tuju Strategik e-Dagang Kebangsaan 2016-2020 memainkan peranan utama memacu pertumbuhan memberangsangkan.

"Semakan semula sumbangan e-dagang kepada KDNK dinaikkan kepada RM211 bilion berbanding RM114 bilion. Ia juga menyumbang kepada 20 peratus KDNK berbanding RM68 bilion yang dicatatkan pada 2015," katanya.

Beliau berkata demikian pada sidang media selepas penyampaian hadiah Program '90 Days Business Challenge' anjuran SME Bank di sini hari ini.

Jelasnya, Pelan Hala Tuju Strategik e-Dagang Kebangsaan 2016-2020 menggariskan enam bidang utama dan 11 program, melibatkan lima kementerian dan lapan agensi.

Enam bidang itu ialah mempercepatkan penerimaan penjual; meningkatkan penggunaan ePerolehan; menghapuskan halangan bukan tarif; penyusunan semula insentif ekonomi sedia ada; merangsang pelaburan strategik dan mempromosikan jenama negara.

Kementerian yang terlibat termasuk Kementerian Perdagangan Antarabangsa dan Industri; Kementerian Kewangan serta Kementerian Perdagangan Dalam Negeri, Koperasi dan Kepenggunaan. - Astro Awani

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Merasmikan Program Usahawan Muda SME Bank

6 JULAI - Merasmikan Program Usahawan Muda SME Bank bersama Kolej Komuniti.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Perasmian Malaysia Gifts Fair 2017

5 JULAI - Merasmikan Malaysia Gifts Fair 2017 di KLCC ptg ini.

420 booth dari pelbagai negara dgn ribuan jenis pelbagai produk cenderamata.

Pameran terbesar seumpamanya di ASEAN. Ini kali yg ke 9 diadakan.

Industri utk PKS/SME yg bernilai lebih rm1 billion setahun pada 2016.



Assalamulaikum w.b.t

Salam sejahtera, Salam 1 Malaysia, and Good Morning to our gracious host,

Mr. Alan Ong Yeow Fooi KMW, President of Malaysian Gifts & Premium Association (MGPA),

Distinguished Guests,

Members of the Media,

Ladies and gentlemen,

It is my great pleasure and opportune privilege to be part of this momentous event, and to share this auspicious moment with you in officiating the opening of the Malaysia Gifts Fair 2017. 

First of all, I would like to congratulate and applaud the organisers, the Malaysian Gifts and Premium Association (MGPA) for their continued success and unrelenting hard work year after year, in organising this event annually since 2009. 

I was told by the organisers, that the theme for the Malaysia Gifts Fair 2017 is “The City of Gifts” to reflect the event as one that is significant in magnitude and altitude. I agree.

And to that, I must say, Malaysia Gifts Fair 2017 is not merely an exhibition. It is a port of call, being undeniably a key destination that showcases an elaborate and diverse display of innovative gift ideas from different countries and cultures around the globe. 

From their humble beginnings in 2009, when they had only 230 booths taken up by exhibitors from only three countries, namely Malaysia, Thailand, and Singapore, this exhibition has over the last eight years, grown by leaps and bounds. Today, it has become ASEAN’s largest Gifts & Premium Fair.

After eight successful years being known as the Kuala Lumpur International Gifts, Premiums and Stationery Fair (KLIGP), they are now rebranded as Malaysia Gifts Fair. On that note, my compliments on the progressive rebranding. Well done!

Ladies and gentlemen

Last year, exhibitors from Singapore, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, as well as the United States took part in the fair. I understand that this year, the organisers are expecting exhibitors to take up a total of 420 booths, or almost 100 per cent more than 2009. We are also expecting some 12,000 visitors to the three-day event. 

The growth achieved by the exhibition is indeed nothing short of phenomenal. This remarkable growth is reflective of the robust development in the local gifts and premiums industry.

More importantly, this event has now become not only one of the largest gifts and premium fairs in Malaysia but also the largest gifts and premium fair in the ASEAN region, putting Malaysia on the world map of gifts and premiums industry and making Malaysia one of the major gifts and premiums destinations in the region.

With its proven track record over eight years, the Malaysia Gifts Fair 2017 sets the perfect stage for the exhibitors to strategically showcase their products to tens of thousands of visitors, to gain ample business opportunities and to expand their network of business connections.

Ladies and gentlemen

The future of the Malaysian gifts and premiums industry, estimated to value of over RM1 billion, is very promising, thanks to our high quality products and strong follow-up services. Exports of lifestyle products, or soft exports, which include gift and premium, had been gaining momentum in recent years.

Soft exports including gifts and premiums rose by 2.0 per cent to RM37.65 billion in 2016 from RM 36.91 billion in the previous year. Exports of gifts and premiums posted the second highest growth at 4.4 per cent, valued at RM 5.79 billion. Gifts and premiums were exported mainly to Singapore, Japan, USA, Thailand and Hong Kong.

Ladies and gentlemen

Malaysia boasts a big pool of very talented lifestyle entrepreneurs, and this includes gifts and premiums entrepreneurs who are capable of moving into the international stage. 

Towards this end, the Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE), which is one of the agencies under the purview of the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) is aggressively helping and supporting these entrepreneurs to promote their products globally. 

MATRADE conducts various programmes for our local entrepreneurs, such as seminars, workshops, and handholding, and ‘going export’ programmes for our exporters. Gifts and premiums entrepreneurs should take full advantage of these programmes for the benefit of their businesses. Entrepreneurs should also take part in MATRADE’s online programme called eTrade programme to promote and sell their products abroad. To date, a total of 1,015 SMEs have joined the programme, of which 13 were from gifts, premium and jewellery sector.

Ladies and gentlemen

In the domestic front, the estimated tourist arrivals of 31.8 million to Malaysia in 2017 will definitely offer huge prospects and immense opportunities to the gifts and premiums sector, to expand their business scopes and horizons. 

Gifts and premiums manufacturers and marketers can also take full advantage of the national sales campaign organised three times a year by Tourism Malaysia. This is the right opportunity to boost their sales and promote local gifts and premium items brands to the growing number of local and foreign tourists.

Huge market potentials are awaiting to be tapped by Malaysian gifts and premium items manufacturers. For example, the establishment of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) in 2015 has offered a combined market of 600 million population. 

Meanwhile, as an active participant and a key transit point for the One Belt One Road campaign advocated by China, Malaysia stands to gain from the immense opportunities arising from the combined market of One Belt One Road which covers over 60 countries with a total population of 4.4 billion, or 45% of the world’s population, and a combined GDP of over USD3 trillion.

Ladies and gentlemen

It is important for local gifts and premiums manufacturers to look beyond the Malaysian shores and venture into the ASEAN single market created by the ASEAN Economic Community and One Belt One Road market as well as other regional collaborative setups to further grow the industry.

With this, I am pleased to declare that the Malaysian Gifts Fair 2017 is officially open. 
Thank you.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Sekitar Rumah Terbuka Aidilfitri Parlimen Pontian 2017

1 JULAI - Rumah Terbuka Aidilfitri Parlimen Pontian di Dataran Dato Jalok Benut dikunjungi hampir 13 ribu orang pada 1/7/17. Terima kasih atas kehadiran semua.